7 Easy Ways to Help Someone Who's Alone During Quarantine
Video chats and care packages can help those who are social distancing alone.
Many people are safely quarantined inside the comfort of their homes with family members, significant others, or roommates. However, not everyone is fortunate enough to be in quarantine with friends or family. Some people are battling the pandemic alone which, due to a lack of social interaction, can be extremely hard. That's why we're here to help. Following safe social distancing guidelines, we've rounded up some easy and inexpensive ways you can lend a hand to someone you care about who is alone in quarantine.
Create a montage of your favorite memories with them.
It's hard to create new memories these days while you're unable to go outside and be around friends and loved ones. That why it's helpful to take a trip down memory lane. Kim Chronister, PsyD, author of Peak Mindset, recommends creating a montage of old photos and videos of a friend or family member who is alone during quarantine. Not only will this give you something to do and take your mind off the troubles of our collective current situation, it will also surely send a smile to your loved one's face and remind them that someone is thinking about them.
Start a goal together.
Creating a shared goal between you and someone who is alone in quarantine could be the perfect way to get their mind off of their loneliness. The goal can be about anything you two decide—from fitness to creating art—says Kalev Rudolph, a health and wellness writer for US Insurance Agents. At the end of every day, Rudolph recommends chatting about "how your progress is going, what challenges you're facing, and plans you're making for tomorrow."
Spend the day with them on video chat.
Although most people would prefer to catch up in person, "spending time together over video can help create a sense of community and care, even for folks physically alone," says Rudolph. But that doesn't mean you always have to be talking, which can feel like a lot of pressure.
"Don't always feel forced to have a conversation. Set up a window, and let it run in the background," she recommends. "As both of you go about your days, you'll have the opportunity to chat when you want to without feeling pressured to talk constantly. But they'll still appreciate you being there."
Create a bonding moment for your neighbors.
If you live in a close-knit community, look out for your neighbors who are alone right now—even if they're still strangers to you. Mary J. Gibson, a relationship blogger and senior content strategist at DatingXP, says a great way to create neighborhood bonding during quarantine is to hold a mini concert.
"This is a great way to beat the stress and loneliness," she says. "Organize a live music concert for everyone and play the crowd's favorites. If you live in a community, then [post a] message about the event in the social groups so that everyone can gather around on their balconies."
Volunteer in your community.
Even if you don't personally know someone who is alone right now, you can still help out those alone in your community—especially the elderly. Focusing on others is a helpful way to reduce your own "concerns about the broad effects of this epidemic," says Joy Altimare, chief brand and engagement officer at EHE Health.
"Find a community kitchen in your neighborhood, or a church that is mobilizing ways to reach those who cannot get out of the house and are alone during the quarantine," Altimare says. "If you can, lend a couple of hours a day or during the weekend to deliver meals, go to the pharmacy, or run errands for those who cannot do it themselves."
Send a care package.
Has anyone ever not been happy to receive a care package on their doorstep? Nicole Arzt, MS, a licensed marriage and family therapist serving on the advisory board for Family Enthusiast, says she's been "ordering and sending random gifts" to her loved ones who are alone right now. She also recommends sending gifts or donations to people who are older or immunocompromised. A nice surprise is guaranteed to bring joy to someone's day.
Check in with them regularly.
No matter how you interact with your loved ones right now—whether it be creating shared goals or sending care packages—checking in regularly with them is key. And that can be through a text, call, or video chat.
"Being in regular touch eases the pressure of the individual who's alone," says Girish Dutt Shukla, digital marketer and author of Maroon Is Blue: The Reality Illusion. "They are led to believe that someone is there looking out for them, making them feel more connected to the outside world."